For weeks, news of the coronavirus has been inescapable, topping TV newscasts and dominating the front pages of newspapers across the country. While the risk here is seemingly low—for now—Harvard school officials have begun to plan a coordinated effort to protect students and staff from infection. For the town as a whole, the Board of Health will be leading the effort to prevent the spread of the virus before any sign of contagion appears.
We’ve assembled a package of articles in this issue to bring readers up to date. You’ll find reports on the steps the town and schools have taken thus far. We’ve prepared a special feature to answer commonly asked questions about the virus and what you can do to protect yourself. (See “Coronavirus in a Nutshell”) And for insight into how another community has dealt with the virus, we’ve included an inside story on how residents of Wuhan, China, have been coping with their long-running quarantine.
As the old saying goes, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."